Before, During, After

Before, During, After is a space to share stories and new ideas. It’s a participatory place open to imagination and ideas, where you can meet and interact with artists to share a love of arts and literature.

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Ben Long
Ben Long began his career as an author by writing rhymes to entertain himself on long commutes to his job as a research scientist. The discovery of this talent and passion led him to self-publish his first two picture books, before signing to a publisher to complete his most recently released book, Ready, Steady, Hatch! Ben also has a passion for learning engagement, manifesting itself in the form of mentoring and a series of entertaining classroom workshops. He draws on the arts as a means to involve aspects of creativity, communication and community in learning, to help keep education engaging for all involved.


Brett Howe
Brett is the Festival Director of QPAC's Out of the Box Festival for children eight years and under. He curates, creates and oversees a range of works in different art forms for children and enjoys the opportunity to listen to and work alongside our youngest citizens. He is committed to working with children and young people and ensuring their voice and capacity is developed and maintained on the national arts landscape. Brett has a deep devotion to the Star Wars cannon and identifies strongly with the Jedi religious belief system.


Elena Kats-Chernin
As one of Australia's foremost contemporary composers, widely acknowledged and awarded around the world, Elena Kats-Chernin's colourful, vibrant and uplifting music featured at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. She has received many prestigious prizes including the Helpmann, Limelight, Sounds Australian, and Sydney Theatre Awards and an Individual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (2013). Elena attracts commissions from the world's leading opera, ballet, and theatre companies including Komische Oper Berlin and Australian World Orchestra. Composer-in-Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017, Elena's latest album for ABC Classics, Unsent Love Letters, played by Tamara-Anna Cislowska, reached no. 1 on the ARIA and iTunes charts and is available internationally.


Larissa Deak

A physical and visual theatre maker and crafter with a background in puppetry, stilts and community arts. Recent work: Song Room using puppetry to increase engagement with learning and improve literacy levels with recent migrants and refugees; Funky Junkers - workshops using soft plastics to create large fish puppets whilst educating participants in waste reduction, reuse and recycling; Sky Weavers, an interactive performance installation and free play programme for 0-5’s. Larissa worked with: Erth; Terrapin Puppet Theatre; Stalker Theatre Co.; Vulcana Women’s Circus; Hands On Art; Access Arts; Contact Inc.; Korea’s LATT; Windmill Performing Arts; QTC; Sydney Puppet Theatre; Plasticiens Volants; and The Wiggles.


Libby Hathorn
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning Australian poet and author of more than eighty books for children and young people. Her work has been honoured around the world through adaptions, translations, and awards. A Soldier, A Dog, A Boy was the first text of a picture book to win the Asher Literary Award, an award for a female author's piece carrying an anti-war theme. Three of Libby's works have been adapted to opera, Grandma's Shoes,Sky Sash So Blue, and currently Outside. Libby writes with concern to the rights of children and the importance of nurturing them in every way, the value of simple acts of kindness, and of love and respect for the natural world.


Lucas Stibbard
Lucas Stibbard makes theatre and performance work as an actor, performer, director, designer, dramaturg, writer and educator. With The Escapists, a multi-disciplinary collective he helped found, he co-wrote, co-directed, produced and performed in the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, nationally and internationally touring ,boy girl wall (for which he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best actor against Geoffrey Rush, Toby Schmitz and Richard Roxburgh) and many other pieces for both local and international presentation. Lucas has directed and designed for Queensland Theatre and the Powerhouse World Theatre Festival, and taught at many institutions around Queensland and Australia, including UQ, QUT, QCGU and USQ.


Lucy Flook
Lucy has taught dance in both school and studio settings and is the Queensland Choreographer for the Australian Girls Choir (AGC). She is one of the writers of the new Queensland Dance Senior Syllabus, developed primary and secondary school resources as a Senior Project Writer for Queensland Government's Curriculum to Classroom (C2C) project and is a Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) State Dance Panellist. Lucy loves sharing her passion for the arts and aims to inspire, engage and challenge her students to improve and achieve their best.


Michael Gerard Bauer
Michael Gerard Bauer is a Brisbane born and based author and educator. He began to pursue writing seriously in 2000 and has published 15 books since then, including internationally acclaimed titles such as Don't Call Me Ishmael! and The Running Man. His latest work, Rodney Loses It! is his first picture book, illustrated by Chrissie Krebs. It was recently shortlisted for the 2018 CBCA Awards in the Early Readers section. Michael's books are widely used as school texts, and he is in high demand for talks at schools, festivals, and internationally.


Shubsri Kandiah
Shubshri started performing at a young age, learning classical Indian dance, ballet and violin. It wasn't until high school that she discovered her passion for musical theatre. Whilst completing the Bachelor of Musical Theatre course at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Shubshri was privileged to play the roles of Ursula in Sweet Charity, Mary in The Life, Estella in West Side Story, was a featured vocalist with the Queensland Pops Orchestra, performed the role of Ayah in Opera Queensland's The Pearlfishers and featured in An Evening with Liz Callaway at QPAC and performed a duet with Liz. Upon graduation, Shubshri was a featured artist in the 2017 Spirit of Christmas Concert at QPAC. In 2018 she took over the lead role of Jasmine in the Australian production of Disney's Aladdin.

Out of the Box festival offers opportunities for children to engage in arts-rich experiences to explore and extend in-class literacy and learning. Teachers can deepen their student’s engagement with and experience of the festival by talking to them about the different in-theatre experiences, workshops and activities before, during and after their day.

To help with this, the Out of the Box festival team has prepared numerous Creative Learning Guides which link the in-theatre experiences, activities and workshops at the festival with the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum (Version 8). Key messages, learning activities and other resources are also included.

The Creative Learning Guide for Before, During, After can be downloaded here

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